Upcoming Classes at the Fredericksburg Expo

This is my 10th year with the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo! I enjoy teaching with them and creating new classes each year. Here is my lineup for the October 2017 show.

(BTW - These are the same classes I'm offering at the Minneapolis Sewing Expo in November. Check out the tab above for those.)

Click on the links to get more information and the supply list.

Thursday, October 5: Orange Crush (8:30 - 11:30 am)

Orange Crush
Choose your favorites for this two-color quilt, no paper piecing involved. Instead, use a super-sized 18-degree ruler (Dresden Plate shape), 12-1/2” tall and with 60 degree cutting angles (ruler included in the kit fee). And...Debby's unique cutting and piecing process leaves NO fabric waste. Nor worries about curved edges either, as you experience machine applique with a simple machine zigzag stitch. Easy, and satisfyingly dramatic. Bring your own fabric; see supply list for details.

Thursday, October 5: Rose Star (1 - 4 pm)

Rose Star
Traditionally sewn by hand, this vintage block can be created entirely by machine, too. Using quick rotary cut kite shapes, learn how easy it is to sew three together using a simple (and doable) y-seam. Twenty-four units are then stitched into the Rose Star Block with ONLY straight seams. The supply list comes with a coloring chart so you can plan your fabrics before you finalize them…. and you can make it in a variety of sizes. Make one, and it’s a large table topper. Make several and you have the beginnings of an amazing full-sized quilt. Debby will discuss how to “square up” the blocks to work them into a larger quilt, and discuss adding borders to the hexagon shape (to make it larger). Finished size of ‘one’ is 30 x 34 inches. Bring your own fabric; see supply list for details.

Friday, October 6: Machine Quilting: Basics and Beyond (8:30 - 11:30 am)

Machine Quilting

Using Debby's KISS Method (Keep It Small & Simple), discover how liberating free-motion machine quilting can be. Discuss appropriate threads, various batting choices and basting your layers, then use your time for lots of PRACTICE. Play with doodles, swirls, curves and other simple shapes, as you are coached and gently guided into this exciting world. A perennial favorite at the Expo, this workshop is perfect for both beginning and intermediate level free-motion quilters.

Friday, October 6: The Gretchen Quilt (1 - 4 pm)

The Gretchen Quilt
It’s hard to believe this traditional block, Gretchen, can be sewn without a single template. Everything is cut from two sizes of simple squares; the magic arrives with a quick rotary cutting trick. Debby chose a bright collection of florals and deep hued blenders for this quilt, but you can choose any of your own colors with good contrast to show off the lines of the block. As always, Debby’s classes provide all the hints and helpful tips that make them so much better than a simple pattern or kit. And they’re fun, too! Bring your own fabric; see supply list for details.

Saturday, October 7: The Modern Vortex Quilt (12:30 - 3:30 pm)

The Modern Vortex
You may wish to make this using multi-colored strips. This just requires a few more strips and a planning sheet. Email Debby for this addendum: kratovil@his.com

Modern Vortex by Jane Hauprich
And here is my own sample: 

Modern Vortex
Work with pre-cut strips to create this amazing two-color quilt using a simple acrylic template. Choose ANY COLOR! You’ll strip piece, then cut into wedges and stitch some more. If you’ve wanted to know how to set ANY block on point, this is the class, with the bonus of using two-color setting triangles. A true optical illusion quilt!  Bring your own fabric, see supply list info for details.


  1. I wish you were doing this class at the Sewing Expo in Schaumburg. I would take it in a heartbeat. I still have the star I did in one of the classes I took years ago. Fun and beautiful.


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